The greatest chapter in God’s Word that speaks of the benefits of Scripture would be Psalm 119. In v72 the writer says God’s Word is more valuable to him than thousands of gold and silver pieces. In v109 he indicates he hold to God’s Word as he would a life raft.
A problem with many Christians is this – they value God’s Word but have never brought their practice in line with their beliefs. What if you were offered a MILLION $ never to read – listen – hear any teaching of the Bible again? Would you take it? Vehemently you would say NO!!! You now have identified the Bible is an asset worth over a MILLION. Is there any other Million 4 asset you would simply ignore? If this shows the value placed on the BIBLE why aren’t we devouring it.
What level of importance does the Bible have in your life? In your family’s life? If you were convinced there was a child predator roaming the neighborhood – you would NEVER let your kids out of the house. Scripture teaches the Devil is like a Roaring Lion (1 Pet 5:8) looking for people to destroy. The only hope for our kids is Scripture & the best way to confront a lie is to know the truth.
When Satan attacked Jesus, Jesus quoted Scripture. What will your kids come up with when Satan attacks them? In fact, he already is. You see, Jesus didn’t try to outwit Satan. He didn’t try to exert his divine might to drive Satan away, though he could have. Instead, he did what you and I can do: He quoted Scripture.
I know American families are busy. But we have got to guard our kids’ time and the amount of extracurricular stuff they’re involved in. It honestly won’t make any difference if our kids know everything to know about Taylor Swift or Steph Curry if they can’t talk through 1 Timothy or John. “I want my family to be so saturated in the Word that when life cuts them, they bleed Bible.”
Thank you all for your involvement and interest in Lasting Harvest’s work in Panama. Last year was a year of preparation, and this year God willing, while still including a lot of preparation, will see us hosting our first groups of Ngobe farmers and potentially US college interns on the farm. I want to also say thank you for your patience as we have been working toward beginning teaching. We are very anxious and excited to begin working directly with students on the farm and I’m sure you all are eager to see us begin as well.
We have rescheduled our first 3 day training session with the first group of Ngobe farmers to March 15th. We are all looking forward to this first session of aquaculture training and Bible teaching. The first session will be followed by several more in the succeeding months as well as visits to their farms on the reservation to monitor progress on the ponds and provide further guidance.
This past month we have been working to repair and finish our first and largest tilapia pond on the demonstration farm. It is a lot of work but constructing this example pond by hand will really help when we are training Ngobe farmers to construct their own ponds. Most of the Ngobe on the reservation are not able to rent a bulldozer to construct ponds due to road inaccessibility and the high financial cost. Our hired hand, Fermin and I are working on the pond together and he continues to help me improve my Spanish and teach me some of the Ngobe language.
Thank you all so much for the prayers, encouragement, and financial support. We really do appreciate it and we can’t wait to let you know how things progress as we host our first groups on the farm to train and teach in aquaculture and the Bible. Please pray as we prepare for these groups. There is still work to be done to complete the dorm and in preparing the teaching material and conducting the intern application process. Thank you for partnering in this work with us in Panama.
General Fund $1892.00
Building Fund $ 50.00
Panama Mission $ 10.73
Discovery Church will celebrate the PASSOVER MEAL on March 24, @ 6:30 PM. Eileen Detore will again lead us through the meal again as she did last year. Each part of the meal is replete with historical significance as well as prophetic teaching found in the New Testament. Your appreciation of God’s Plan for the ages will be greatly increased by participating in this meal. The church picks up all costs – and invites everyone to participate. There is a sign-up sheet on the credenza – located on the south wall. Eileen said she will also need some help — so there is a 2nd sheet for those would you volunteer to help.
Easter Weekend (March 24 – March 27will be packed with opportunities to worship the Crucified – Risen Savior. Following the Passover Meal on Thursday evening – we will return the next evening to remember the day Christ Died….the horrific Crucifixion – and some of the words He spoke as he died for our sins.
We will also celebrate Jesus – by participating in the Lord’s Supper. The date of this service is March 26 – 6:30 PM. Let’s all invite a friend to share the crucifixion story with us as we walk with Christ through the agony of his last days upon the earth.
· Students seek to be Salt and Light for Jesus, at their respective Schools
· Parents seek to be Salt and Light at their work place – or sites of recreation
· Bro. William is struggling with his rotator cuff – unable to attend last week
· Sis. Jeri – struggling with fibromyalgia
· Continued spiritual growth of the congregation
· Increased number of attendees at our D-Groups
· 2 Chron 7:14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
· Kirsten Yoder with the Navy in San Diego, Calif.
Matt 20:20-28 Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. 21 “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” 22 But Jesus answered by saying to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?” “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!”
23 Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”
24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”